Sincerity vs Hypocrisy

This is WEEK 43  of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Sincerity is the key which will open the door through which you will see your separate parts, and you will see something quite new. You must go on trying to be sincere. Each day you put on a mask, and you must take it off little by little.  –G.I. GURDJIEFF

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character.  –James Russell Lowell

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”  –― Bryant McGill

Sincerity  means:
1. genuine, honest from pretense or deceit

Synonyms for Sincerity: bona fide, true, forthright, earnest
Antonyms for Sincerity: dishonest, tricky, untrustworthy, deceitful

What The Bible Says About Being Sincere:
Titus 2:7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
2 Cor 2:17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
2 Cor 1:12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
1 Cor 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Examples From The Bible:
Paul and Silas : Acts 16: 16 -24
Joshua: Joshua 24:14  
Zacchaeus: Luke 19 :1- 10

The Example of Jesus To us:
John 14:31 But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.
1 Peter 2:18 -21 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
John 12:49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Luke 5:16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

Personal Thoughts and Application:
During training at my work place regarding customer service, we were told that when we came to work we represented that place and they owned our smile.  We needed to project their image of friendliness, professionalism, etc even if we didn’t feel like it or want to.  They even wanted us to say “It’s my pleasure” every time some one requested us to do something.  I have to admit that it felt very unnatural and too scripted for me, but I did understand the concept of representation.  I have learned to switch gears in my mind and put away my personal troubles, emotions and concerns to represent my employer as I should… but I do it for sincere reasons.  I don’t feel there is any deception because I truly desire to do it because it’s the right and professional thing to do.  So what constitutes hypocrisy for a Christian?  Why motive of heart is the determining factor.  You can represent Christ and try to respond to situations as Christ would because your heart truly desires to be Christ like, even if you don’t feel that way.  Sincerity is not about feelings.  Hypocrisy, however, is when you try to project a false image that hides selfish, manipulative, and harmful intentions.  Sometimes, it is as simple as being judgemental and trying to raise your own ego up with no real regard or concern for another or it’s being nice to get something you want.  Hypocrisy confuses people because actions and intentions don’t match words. An important part of sincerity is taking off masks and admitting that you are not perfect and that you make mistakes…you have flaws, insecurities, and vulnerabilities.  We all need to examine the masks we wear each day in different circumstances and with different people and examine the motives behind the masks we wear.  God sees past any outward image and looks straight to the inner condition of the heart.

May you strive to be genuine and sincere in all your interactions with others by constantly examining your motives.  May you ask God to help you take off masks and reveal your true self, with the ability to admit mistakes and apologize or otherwise make amends.  May you lean on Christ for your trust and for your self-image vs hide behind masks of insecurity and deception.

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About Grace and Grit

As a Christian, to live the abundant life, we all need a lot of grace and grit... LIVING LIFE AND LUV'N God's Child, Wife, Mother, Physical Therapist, Fitness Enthusiast, Avid Book And Blog Reader, and fan of Lighthearted Humor and Fun “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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